Eating for Ketosis and Autophagy
From Steven Goldring, RPh of Simple Hormones
One of the biggest factors known to lead to dementia is insulin resistance. Alzheimer’s is the inability of the brain to utilize glucose, and is often referred to as “type 3 diabetes” due to the number of similarities it shares with type 2 diabetes. Because glucose plays such a major role in dementia, eating a diet that reduces the amount of glucose available in our bodies can help encourage a healthier brain and decrease the risk for dementia. Introducing a diet change such as “Keto” or a modified version of Keto can help reduce carbohydrates, reduce blood glucose, and reduce insulin. By limiting the amount of glucose being introduced to the body, you can stimulate the use of ketones to produce energy instead of glucose.
In his video (below), Steven Goldring introduces a modified Keto diet referred to as KetoFlex, which decreases the amount of carbs to encourage ketosis, emphasizes whole foods as opposed to packaged and processed foods, increases the amount of healthy fats in your diet, and reduces toxins being introduced to your body and brain. Unlike the well-known Keto diet, KetoFlex prioritizes decreasing the risk of dementia and therefore emphasizes avoiding unhealthy fats such as processed meats, seed oils, and vegetable oils, and encourages a diet structured around intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting leads to autophagy, which can be described as your body “taking out the trash” on a cellular level and allows.
To learn more about how eating for ketosis and autophagy can benefit your brain health, watch Goldring’s video, “5 Minute Action Steps to a Healthy Brain: Eat for Ketosis and Autophagy”.